> BUC2: 22.02.16 - 24.02.16

Clik here to view the BUC2 poster with information about its venue which is: Unidad de Postgrado romm J306, UNAM main campus.

Some of the BUC3 participants


BUC2 continues from the previous one, developing the theme of Big Data and Statistics in Environmental Research. A team of six will come from Bath to deliver the course "Thinking Globally: The Role of Big Data" on the main UNAM campus. Academics Gavin Shaddick, Dan Simpson and Karim Anaya-Izquierdo will deliver the lectures and lab sessions will be guided by PhD students Dorka Fekete, Matt Thomas and Alice Davis.

The course provided an introduction to modelling relationships in both space and time with particular focus on fitting complex models to big data. The aim of the course is prove an interactive experience for students and researchers from a variety of fields and to allow them to experience state of the art statistical methodology and it’s application. The course covered both theory and applied examples, the latter specifically through practical ‘hands-on’ computer sessions in which participants will be guided through the analyses of real  data with both temporal and spatial structure.

The PhD Conference

During the PhD talks

The Course

The course focuses on five main topics.

  • The need for spatial and temporal modelling and the role of big data
  • Bayesian computation
  • Regional modelling with big data
  • Scalable spatial modelling
  • Extending models to further dimensions

The course is aimed at postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, individuals working in industry or government in the field of statistics, exposure modelling or epidemiology and those who are interested in implemented advanced statistical modelling using big data.

Attendees of this course should exit the course with an understanding of the basic principles of hierarchical Bayesian modelling and of the need to account for spatial and temporal dependence in environmental research and, more generally, when modelling complex systems. In addition students will attain knowledge of how integrated nested Laplace approximations (INLA) can be used to implement methods for spatial and temporal modelling with high-dimensional data within a Bayesian framework.

A full house!

Teaching will be based on a mixture of lectures, worked examples and computer-based practicals.Students will need to bring a laptop to the course with R and R-INLA software installed (details of how to access these materials will be provided on registration). Attendees may find the following refernce useful.


Spatio-Temporal Methods in Environmental Epidemiology by Gavin Shaddick and James V. Zidek, Chapman and Hall/CRC

Participants will be expected to have a basic understanding and experience of applying and interpreting multiple regression models. Familiarity with the R software will be assumed.

The timetable for the course is as follows.

Monday (February 22)

10:00 - 11:00

Introduction to the BUC workshop series.  Postgraduate study at UNAM (Silvia Ruiz-Velasco). Postgraduate study in the UK (Jo Power, International Relations Officer, University of Bath)

14:00 - 17:00

PhD conference. Talks from PhD students from Bath and UNAM (three from each institution).


Tuesday (February 23)

10:00 - 11:30

Large scale spatio-temporal modelling and big data

11:30 - 12:00


12:00 - 13:30

Regional / area based modelling

13:30 - 15:00


15:00 - 17:00

Computer lab: Modelling using  regional/areal data


Wednesday (February 24)

10:00 - 11:30

Scalable spatial modelling: working with big data

11:30 - 12:00


12:00 - 13:30

Beyond space: modelling with multi-dimensional responses

13:30 - 15:00


15:00 - 17:00

Computer lab: Modelling using point referenced data


Lectures of Dan Simpson

Further Details

Schedule, details, location background information, link to data, code, examples:




Gavin Shaddick
Daniel Simpson
Karim Anaya-Izquierdo
Andreas Kyprianou
Alice Davis
Dorka Fekete
Matt Thomas

Ana Mejía Ruiz
Ángel Gutiérrez Prieto
Artemisa Montes
Carlos Ruiz Escobar
César Almenara Martínez
César Esquivel Hernández
César González Cruz
Eduardo Villarreal González
Freddy Palma Mancilla
Héctor Fernando Juárez Gómez
Javier Aguirre Gutiérrez
Jonnathan Rivera Ruiz
Jorge Ignacio González Cázarez
José Antonio Perusquia Cortés
José Carlos Méndez de la Torre
Karla Itzel Soto Martínez
Karla Vianey Palacios Ramírez
Lizbeth Naranjo Albarrán
Lizbeth Roman Padilla
Ma. Fernanda Gil Villa
Martín R. Leyva Huerta
Roberto Méndez Rosas
Miguel Ángel Contreras Ortíz
Osvaldo Angtuncio Hernández
Patricia León Tapia
Ramsés Mena
Román Aguirre Pérez
Uziel González
Verónica Esther Arrida Ríos

Asael Fabián Martínez Martínez
Carolina de Jesús Euan Campos
César González Cruz
Desiree Fernanda Soto Galindo
Edgar Julián Suárez Cañón
Eduardo Álvarez Rodríguez
Eolísa Díaz Francés
Emmanuel Ambriz Lobato
Israel Martínez Hernández
Julian Edgar Suarez Cañon
Lilia Leticia Ramírez Ramírez  
Liia Karen Rivera Escovar
Roberto Bárcenas Curtis
Victor Rivero

José A. Ramírez Miguel
Denisse Martíjnez
Stephene Kil

Mario Durán Bustamente
José Carlos Méndez